The little-known ways mobile device sensors can be exploited by cybercriminals

Credit to Author: Logan Strain| Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2019 17:51:03 +0000

Mobile device sensors offer great utility to users—from taking pictures and commanding voice assistants to determining which direction to flip your screen. However, they harbor little-known vulnerabilities that could be exploited by crafty cybercriminals.

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Android security checkup: 16 steps to a safer phone

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 04:00:00 -0800

Android security is always a hot topic on these here Nets of Inter — and almost always for the wrong reason.

As we’ve discussed ad nauseam over the years, most of the missives you read about this-or-that super-scary malware/virus/brain-eating-boogie-monster are overly sensationalized accounts tied to theoretical threats with practically zero chance of actually affecting you in the real world. If you look closely, in fact, you’ll start to notice that the vast majority of those stories stem from companies that — gasp! — make their money selling malware protection programs for Android phones. (Pure coincidence, right?)

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Encontrados 146 problemas de seguridad en nuevos teléfonos Android

Credit to Author: Naked Security| Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 16:52:52 +0000

Si crees que los nuevos teléfonos Android son inmunes a las vulnerabilidades de seguridad, vuelve a pensarlo: un nuevo análisis realizado por la empresa de seguridad Kryptowire descubrió 146 vulnerabilidades de nivel CVE en dispositivos de 29 fabricantes de smartphones. Sin estudiar el informe en detalle, no está claro cuántas vulnerabilidades son críticas, pero la [&#8230;]<img src=”http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sophos/dgdY/~4/46_Q3_z1Isw” height=”1″ width=”1″ alt=””/>

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The 5 true takeaways from Android's camera vulnerability circus

Credit to Author: JR Raphael| Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2019 09:21:00 -0800

I don’t know if you’ve read much news this week, but it seems the sky is falling and we’re all terribly doomed.

No, I’m not talking about that news — as usual, that’s another column for another publication — but rather the news that a security flaw in some Android camera apps could turn our phones into privacy-plundering spy portals and bring an end to human life as we know it.

I mean, have you seen some of these headlines?!

  • “Hundreds of millions of Android phone cameras can be hijacked by spyware”
  • “Android flaw lets rogue apps take photos, record video even if your phone is locked”
  • “An Android flaw lets apps secretly access people’s cameras and upload the videos to an external server”

Holy hibiscus, Henry! Even I’m trembling from all of that, and I know it’s a bunch of misguided, sensationalized hooey.

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Facebook's iOS 'bug' secretly filmed users. IT, take note.

Credit to Author: Evan Schuman| Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 09:41:00 -0800

News reports last week — subsequently confirmed by a Facebook executive’s tweet — that the Facebook iOS app was videotaping users without notice should serve as a critical heads up to enterprise IT and security execs that mobile devices are every bit as risky as they feared. And a very different bug, planted by cyberthieves, presents even more frightening camera-spying issues with Android.

On the iOS issue, the confirmation tweet from Guy Rosen, who is Facebook’s vice president of Integrity (go ahead and insert whatever joke you want about Facebook having a vice president of integrity; for me, it’s way too easy a shot), said, “We recently discovered our iOS app incorrectly launched in landscape. In fixing that last week in v246, we inadvertently introduced a bug where the app partially navigates to the camera screen when a photo is tapped. We have no evidence of photos/videos uploaded due to this.”

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Stealthy new Android malware poses as ad blocker, serves up ads instead

Credit to Author: Nathan Collier| Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:51:58 +0000

Since its discovery less than a month ago, a stealthy new Android malware has already been detected on over 500 devices, and it’s on the rise. Learn how this clever threat pretends to be an ad blocker and then hides itself on mobile devices, all while serving up tons of ads.

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